Where better to head for silver-white sandy shores, lapped by crystal clear waters than the Sunshine State? Boasting 1200 miles of coastline, in Florida State, you’re never more than 60 miles away from a beach. Little wonder then, that for holidaymakers, Florida’s as popular for its fun-factor as it is its shorelines.
But with some of the best beaches in the U.S.A., where do sun, and fun-seekers, start when it comes to planning a perfect beachside vacation? As with any holiday, your criteria for a beach break should start with your own personal interests. Here’s our pick of where to head for your perfect holiday...Just remember, if you’re looking for a winter getaway, narrow your search to Southern Florida in winter. The Northern shores offer a very different climate at this time of year with cooler evenings and cooler seas.
Best for Families
As the first port of call when driving onto the Key from the South Bridge, Englewood Beach offers an unbeatable welcome to Englewood. Boasting recently renovated
facilities, including onsite showers and toilets, plus covered picnic pavilions, barbeques, a playground and volleyball nets, it's the perfect place for families to hang out and stay entertained all day. An idyllic spot for shelling, swimming and sunbathing, it's within walking distance of plenty of restaurants and shops, should you tire of the sand.
Best for Sports
The hometown of eight-time World Champion Surfer, Kelly Slater, for sports junkies, there are few beaches that rival Cocoa Beach. From pros to amateurs, everyone’s welcome to dive into the surf and hang ten. And if you find yourself bitten by the bug, you can invest in surf lessons or rent surf-fishing equipment to try your hand at something new. Local businesses rent paddleboards, kayaks, bikes and more, for a truly active break.
A long-time favourite with holiday-makers, Clearwater Beach is a dawn-til-dusk destination. By day, its sugar-white sandy shores offer everything from sunbathing and shelling to sports. Come sunset, the infamous Pier 60 comes alive with a nightly festival of crafts, music and street performers. A must-visit for everyone.
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